Giants Knew Boley Would Be Suspended:

Just a quick update about Michael Boley:

From Tom Rock of Newsday,

According to a person familiar with the Giants’ thinking, the team was aware that Michael Boley would face league discipline stemming from the incident last May when he was charged with battery on his wife. They went ahead and signed him anyway to a five-year, $25 million deal (or was it four and 15/16 years?) as one of the first free agents they targeted when the clock struck midnight to start free agency.

And so today’s news isn’t much news for the team. It was announced that Boley has in fact been suspended for one game without pay for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. He’ll sit out the opener against the Redskins and is eligible to return to the team on Sept. 14.

According to a source, Boley’s legal issues with the battery charges were not resolved until late in 2008 and the league’s disciplinary review began in December. The decision on the one-game suspension was announced today, but the source said it was made earlier in the offseason.

I wonder if knowing that a suspension was coming had any influence on the decision to surgically repair the torn labrum in Boley’s hip last week, a procedure that carries an 8-10 week recovery period and could have cost Boley a chance to play in the opener anyway.


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